Pixel Scroll 7/22/19 Scroll On, You Crazy Pixel

(1) FOR PARENTS OF TEENS AT WORLDON. A Facebook group has been created for parents who will have minors at Dublin 2019, to set up reciprocal chaperoning arrangements: Dublin2019parents.

This COMPLETELY UNOFFICIAL group is for parents of young people who will be attending Dublin2019, an Irish Worldcon, to discuss the logistics of Kids In The Space. We all want to have a great time, make sure our offspring are safe, and work within the rules set forth by the convention regarding unaccompanied children and responsible adults. Let’s collaborate!

(2) KGB. Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series presents Paul Witcover & Lara Elena Donnelly on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 7 p.m. at the KGB Bar. Chandler Klang Smith & Mercurio D. Rivera will be subbing for hosts Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel, who will be traveling.

Paul Witcover

Paul Witcover is the author of five novels, most recently The Watchman of Eternity. He has been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards. He hopes one day to win something!

Lara Elena Donnelly

Lara Elena Donnelly is the author of the Nebula- Lambda, and Locus-nominated trilogy The Amberlough Dossier, as well as short fiction and poetry appearing in venues including Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, Nightmare, and Uncanny. Lara teaches at the Catapult Classes in New York City and is a thesis adviser in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.) New York, NY.

(3) WATCHMEN COMIC-CON TRAILER. Watchmen debuts on HBO this October.

There is a vast and insidious conspiracy at play…. From Damon Lindelof and set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, this drama series embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground of its own. The cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.

(4) BID MAD FAREWELL. The New York Times letters section is filled with expressions of sentiment offered “In Fond Remembrance of Mad Magazine”.

I wholly endorse Tim Kreider’s views and mourn Mad’s effective demise to the extent it ceases the publication of new material.

As the beneficiary of slightly distracted conservative parents, I subscribed to and have collected Mad since I was a preteenager. Bill Gaines’s “usual gang of idiots” offered intellectual freedom from the confining dictates of the 1950s, and that freedom continues to inform my thinking.

The art was as meticulous as the writing. Each artist’s style was perfectly attuned to the text of the particular piece. What can compare to George Woodbridge’s illustrations of hippies and beatniks?

In contrast to so many publications, those many issues of Mad reflect no typographical errors, misspellings, grammatical mistakes or instances of poor usage, unless intentional. At least I have never spotted any.

Literate, entertaining, enlightening and inspirational.

R.I.P., Mad!

Barbara Jaffe
New York
The writer is a New York State Supreme Court justice.

Tim Kreider’s opinion piece “The World According to Mad Magazine” appeared July 12.

(5) ALL YOUR COMIC-CON BELONG TO US. Writers and editors at The Hollywood Reporter have picked “Comic-Con Winners and Losers From Film, TV and Comics Panels.” Each entry includes a paragraph on why it was selected, but the roundup is:

  • Winner: Marvel Studios 
  • Loser: Veronica Mars (Hulu) 
  • Winner: Paramount
  • Winner: The Witcher (Netflix)
  • Winner: The Walking Dead (AMC)
  • Loser: The Eisner Awards 
  • Winner: It Chapter Two (New Line/Warner Bros.)
  • Loser: Game of Thrones (HBO) 
  • Winner: Westworld (HBO)
  • Winner: Watchmen (HBO) 
  • Loser: Ruby Rose 
  • Winner: Tom Hooper
  • Winner: Tom King 
  • Winner: The X-Men (Marvel)
  • Winner: Undiscovered Country (Image Comics)
  • Winner: Riverdale (The CW)
  • Loser: Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
  • Winner: Star Trek (CBS All Access)

Here’s one example:

Loser: Veronica Mars (Hulu) 
Surprise! All episodes of the highly anticipated revival are available to stream a week early! In what was designed as a reward for diehard fans of the Kristen Bell-led series from creator Rob Thomas, those packed into Ballroom 20 were delighted at the early arrival before likely realizing they’d be unable to stream it given that they already had weekend plans — at Comic-Con — and would likely be spoiled by that heartbreaking finale. The early drop was a regular topic on Friday but by Saturday, it had already been drowned out amid a glut of hundreds of other film, TV, video game and comic book panels and trailers.   

(6) MORE COMIC-CON COVERAGE. San Diego’s Fox 5 has a 45-photo gallery of “Best costumes of Comic-Con weekend”.

The Comic-Con Blood Drive was the most successful ever:

(7) FULL LID REFILLED. Blade Runners, alien invasions of several kinds and the retirement of an all-time great are all part of this week’s “The Full Lid 19th July 2019”. Alasadair Stuart outlines what’s inside —  

We open with a look at the first issue of Titan Comics’ Blade Runner 2019 featuring a new member of the division with some very new problems. Then we’re off to curdled suburban horror with Jeremy C. Shipp’s superbly unsettling Bedfellow. A house guest turns a family’s lives on their heads, but he’s always been there, hasn’t he? An uncle, a brother, a god, a monstrous cuckoo nesting in their lives. Marv is here to stay and a superbly unsettling villain.

Then we salute the comics career of Alan Moore, godfather of the UK scene, film-maker, actor, magic user and architect of an age. But for all his legendary skill and gravitas, Moore is a hell of a comedian and my favorite work of his falls in that field. Finally, with the recent and much deserved Clarke Award win, we re-run the review of Tade Thompson’s excellent Rosewater from last year. Rounded out with the latest work from Anne Fortune, Claire Rousseau and You Suck At Cooking, that’s the Full Lid for the week.

(8) LEGO’S APOLLO PROGRAM. The Verge: “A Lego designer talks about designing spaceships and collaborating with NASA”. Tagline: “More than 40 years of LEGO Space”

The Verge spoke with Lego designer Simon Kent recently, who explained that he and his colleagues recently visited with NASA engineers and personnel to compare their toys against the real spaceships, rovers, and space stations currently in operation today. “Across the company, space is such a big theme, that we can tap into it in many different ways, whether its a plaything like Lego City, or a display model that goes into the fine details of the spacecraft’s design,” like the recently-released Apollo 11 Lunar Lander [list price $99.99].

(9) THAT’S NOTABLE, NOT NOTORIOUS. Camestros Felapton fills everyone in about “Today’s right wing author meltdown…” which commenced when Michael Z. Williamson learned his Wikipedia entry was slated for deletion on grounds that he is not sufficiently notable. In fact, the page has been deleted and restored pending debate while this has been going on.

Last night Michael Z. Williamson’s blog was brought to my attention, who if you are unfamiliar with him, was (is) one of the pioneering fiction writers in the wild west of the early-mid 2010s who bucked the system of social justice-focused “woke” writing in order to focus on craft and excellent storytelling.

Now, years later, big tech is taking its revenge on Michael as they’ve deleted his wikipedia page.

(10) KRAFT OBIT. NASA pioneer Chris Kraft died July 22. The Houston Chronicle headline: “Legendary NASA flight director Chris Kraft has died at 95”.

Christopher C. Kraft Jr. — NASA’s first flight director and a legendary scientist who helped build the nation’s space program — died Monday, just two days after the world celebrated the historic Apollo 11 walk on the moon. He was 95.

“#RIP Dr. Christopher Kraft,” former astronaut Clayton Anderson posted on Twitter soon after. “You were a true leader for this nation and our world. So glad you were able to witness #Apollo50th…we felt your presence everywhere.

“Godspeed and thank you.”

Kraft’s name is emblazoned in bold letters on the side of the mission control building at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, home to the base of operations where Kraft guided astronauts from launch to landing as the organization grew to a full-blown agency that required multiple flight directors to oversee a mission.

…During an era with no calculators and only rudimentary computers, Kraft essentially built NASA’s mission control to manage human operations in space. As the agency’s sole flight director, with a simple black-and-white monitor and listening to eight different communications loops, he had the final say for NASA’s first five manned missions, including the Mercury flights of Alan Shepard and John Glenn.

(11) HEDISON OBIT. Actor David Hedison, best known for his role in Sixties sci-fi series Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea, hdied July 18 at the age of 92 reports Deadline.com. He also was in the original version of horror sci-fi classic The Fly.


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born July 22, 1881 Margery Williams. The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) is the work that is by far her best known work. Is it genre? Sure. And it has been adapted as video, audio and theatre myriad times. One audio version was narrated by Meryl Streep with music by George Winston. (Died 1944.)
  • Born July 22, 1912 Stephen Gilbert. His final novel, Ratman’s Notebooks was adapted as the Willard film. Thirty’s years later, it was made into a film yet again. Kindle has most of his books available, iBooks just Ratman’s Notebooks. (Died 2010.)
  • Born July 22, 1932 Tom Robbins, 87. Author of such novels as Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Another Roadside Attraction. ISFDB lists everything he’s done as genre and who am I to argue with them? Now Jitterbug Perfume, that’s genre!
  • Born July 22, 1941 Vaughn Bodé. Perhaps best known for the Cheech Wizard character and his art depicting erotic women. For our purposes, he’s a contemporary of Ralph Bakshi and has been credited as a major influence on Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings and Wizards. He’s been inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame. (Died 1975.)
  • Born July 22, 1944 Nick Brimble, 75. His first genre role was in Lust for a Vampire as the First Villager. He next shows up in Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound as The Monster.  He’s Sir Ectot in A Knight’s Tale which I really be it genre or not. His lastest film genre role is as Dr. Zellaby in Soulmate, and he’s the voice of Owsla in the Watership series. 
  • Born July 22, 1959 Nigel  Findley. He was a game designer, editor, and an author of science fiction and fantasy novels and RPGs. He was also part of the original core group of Shadowrun RPG core group and has sole writing credit on both sourcebooks and Shadowrun world novels. Yes, I played Shadowrun, a most enjoyable experience. (Died 1995.)
  • Born July 22, 1972 Colin Ferguson, 47. Best known for being Sheriff Jack Carter on  Eureka. I miss that series. Did it win any Hugos? He’s also been in Are You Afraid of the Dark, The Hunger, The X-Files, The Outer Limits, the Eureka “Hide and Seek” webisodes (anyone seen these?) and The Vampire Diaries
  • Born July 22, 1976 Karen Cliche, 43. She’s known for her roles on Flash Gordon, Mutant XVampire High and Young Blades. She’s does two horror films, Pact with the Devil and Saw VI


  • Cul de Sac shows how hard it can be to be a space flight dreamer.

(14) GRRM AND FORBIDDEN PLANET. The Irish Film Institute will start selling tickets to this event on Thursday:

(15) KEEPING THE R IN HARLEY. You’ve been warned. “Kaley Cuoco’s Harley Quinn Show Is A ‘Tad R-Rated,’ She Warns With New Trailer”CinemaBlend explains the rating:

There’s gratuitous swearing, Joker shooting someone at point-blank range, and he’s taking a shot to the groin courtesy of Harley? Yeah, I can see why Kaley Cuoco wanted to get the warning out on her Instagram, especially when the animation for Harley Quinn looks like something DC would run on Cartoon Network in primetime.


(16) THE UK’S OWN STORM. They made a big splash on social media – will they really try to do the same in the Loch? “RNLI warning over ‘Storm Loch Ness’ monster hunt”.

A suggestion for a mass search for the Loch Ness Monster later this year has gone viral on social media, and caused concern for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

On Facebook, about 18,000 people say they are going to a Storm Loch Ness event with 38,000 “interested”.

It has been inspired by Storm Area 51, an idea tens of thousands of people could storm a US Air Force base to uncover the truth to a UFO conspiracy.

But Loch Ness RNLI is warning of the dangers of the loch’s deep water.

Concerned that hundreds, or even thousands, of people head out on to the loch for Storm Loch Ness on 21 September, the volunteer crew said it could not match the resources being used by the US military to deal with Storm Area 51.

(17) BOILED IN LEAD. Lest you think James Davis Nicoll is being too negative about this idea, he explains how it could have been even worse: “Bad SF Ideas in Real Life: NASA’s Never-Realized Plans for Venus”.

Many readers may find the plots of some SF novels deeply implausible. “Who,” they ask, “would send astronauts off on an interstellar mission before verifying the Go Very Fast Now drive was faster than light and not merely as fast as light? Who would be silly enough to send colonists on a one-way mission to distant worlds on the basis of very limited data gathered by poorly programmed robots? Who would think threatening an alien race about whom little is known, save that they’ve been around for a million years, is a good idea?”

Some real people have bad ideas; we’re lucky that comparatively few of them become reality. Take, for example, a proposal to send humans to Venus. Not to land, but as a flyby.

(18) YA AWARD. Garik16’s Lodestar Award finalist reviews: “Reviewing the 2019 Hugo Nominees: The Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book”.

So yeah, there’s a lot of great works to be nominated for this award, and this year’s shortlist contains some pretty good works, including one book again that was one of my favorites from all of last year, one book that I really really liked, one I enjoyed a good bit which will probably win it all, and two other books that are at least solid – really only one nominee of the bunch do I think is unworthy, although I can understand why it’s nominated.  All in all, this award will give recognition to a work that definitely deserves it, which is the point of the matter.

(19) DOUBLE YOUR FUN. “Chandrayaan-2: India launches second Moon mission” – BBC has the story.

India has successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag.

Chandrayaan-2 was launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) from the Sriharikota space station.

India’s space chief said his agency had “bounced back with flying colours” after the aborted first attempt.

India hopes the $145m (£116m) mission will be the first to land on the Moon’s south pole.

The spacecraft has entered the Earth’s orbit, where it will stay for 23 days before it begins a series of manoeuvres that will take it into lunar orbit.

If successful, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface. Only the former Soviet Union, the US and China have been able to do so.

(20) FASTER THAN TUNNELING? Most SF posits living under the surface of the moon, but there’s an alternative: “Why 3D printing could be key to a Moon base”.

The European Space Agency (Esa) is researching technologies based on 3D printing to see how materials found on the lunar surface could be made into products to help with habitation on the Moon.

Dusty powdered rock found on the Moon’s surface could be made into construction materials, explains the Esa’s James Carpenter.

(21) I SPY, WITH MY LITTLE APP. Pixels, please! “Kazakhstan’s new online safety tool raises eyebrows”.

Kazakhstan’s drive to obtain government access to everyone’s internet activity has raised concerns among privacy advocates.

Last week, telecoms operators in the former Soviet republic started informing users of the “need” to install a new security certificate.

Doing so opens up the risk that supposedly secure web traffic could be decrypted and analysed.

Some users say the move has significant privacy and security problems.

Much of the concern focuses on Kazakhstan’s human rights record, which is considered poor by international standards.

…A statement from the Ministry of Digital Development said telecoms operators in the capital, Nur-Sultan, were carrying out technical work to “enhance protection” from hackers, online fraud and other cyber-attacks.

It advised anyone who had trouble connecting to some websites to install the new security certificate, from an organisation called Quaznet Trust Network.

…One user filed a bug report with Mozilla, maker of the internet browser Firefox, characterising the move as a “man in the middle” cyber-attack and calling for the browser to completely ban the government certificate.

(22) REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE. Frequent contributor Martin Morse Wooster says:

“I have a question I want to ask Filers but it’s guaranteed not to provoke a flame war. My question:

“I would like to eat more tomatoes.  What are the best recipes Filers have for using tomatoes from the farmers’ market?

“I am very serious about this.”

Your culinary advice is welcome in comments.

[Thanks to Mike Kennedy, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Cat Eldridge, Martin Morse Wooster, John King Tarpinian, Darrah Chavey, James Davis Nicoll, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Jon Meltzer.]

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78 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 7/22/19 Scroll On, You Crazy Pixel

  1. (12) Should Vaughn Bod have a question mark as part of his name (it does in the birthday listing).


    Fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, cut into chunks, add red onion slices which have been cut into quarters, then fresh basil leaves sliced into shreds, finished with basalmic vinaigrette, coarse-ground pepper, and chunks of feta cheese. Optional: some minced garlic.

    (I add a good dose of salt, but then I have really low blood pressure, and salt and garlic are major food groups for me.)

  3. Chopped raw over spaghetti with olive oil and parm! And of course, the tomato sandwich—the classic is white bread, mayo, salt and a sliced tomato. It is absurdly good for what it is.

  4. 22
    This one is from my grandmother, and I recommend it on things like turkeyburgers. It is not hot, despite the name.

    Chili Sauce
    5 quarts chopped tomatoes
    2 cups chopped sweet red pepper
    2 cups chopped sweet green pepper
    1 1/2 cups chopped onions
    2 tbsp salt
    1 cup sugar (preferably brown)
    3 cups vinegar
    1 tsp ground cloves
    1 tsp ground allspice
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Combine chopped vegetables, salt and sugar, and simmer until the mixture begins to thicken. Then add vinegar and spices and cook until it becomes a thick sauce. Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal. Store in a dark cool place.
    Yield: about 3 quarts or 6 pints.
    – Oklahoma A&M

  5. Andrew: (12) Should Vaughn Bod have a question mark as part of his name (it does in the birthday listing).

    Negatory, good buddy. I’ve fixed that now, I hope.

  6. When I was a kid, our green salads always included tomato pieces. Avocado pieces, too, if we had one. Dressing with those was generally a vinaigrette.

  7. “All you need is Scroll, Scroll. Scroll is all you need”


    Tomato sauce for pasta (or pasta sauce) is a simple delicious way to use up fresh tomatoes. It concentrates the flavours, all you need is a little patience. This is a basic recipe (substitute fresh tomatoes for canned if you like) & adjust seasonings to taste. Simplest way to use it is to stir it through cooked spaghetti, top with grated parmesan cheese & chopped parsley.

    Shakshuka. My go-to recipe is by Yael Schochat of Ima Cuisine

    For eating fresh, why mess with a classic? Go with a Caprese salad: beautiful ripe tomato, mozzarella, basil leaves, olive oil, salt, black pepper to taste.

  8. Finally waded through #9, and all I gotta say is that if having your Wikipedia page deleted would “erase” you from “history” then you have probably not left much of a mark. I don’t know the guy, but I somehow suspect that his books will not spontaneously combust if his Wikipedia article is deleted, nor is he likely to fade from photographs ala Back To The Future. My webcomic’s Wikipedia page was deleted years ago, and yet the comic went on existing! Defiantly! Then it got rolled into my article, (and having just looked it up, apparently it got undeleted or recreated or whatever. Eh, the wiki giveth and the wiki taketh away. Impact on my day to day life is nonexistent.)

  9. Or even simpler: slice, then dress lightly with a little vaguely-balsamic vinaigrette and a little mild olive oil. (Not one of the really aromatic ones — the tomato flavor should lead.)

    @9: I have some sympathy for the idea that someone who gets 10 books published() is in some sense notable. But the sock-puppetry and the outright lies (e.g., Jemisin selling mere hundreds of copies) suggest that mere reason can’t justify keeping the page; I suppose it’s characteristic of Puppies that they don’t recognize when they’re shooting themselves in their feet.
    ) even by Baen, which I have seen is not ruled solely by politics — IIUC, they turned down David Friedman’s 2nd book because the 1st didn’t do well enough.

  10. (22) Are there any particular reasons why you might not have eaten more tomatoes in the past? (Bad experiences with tomato dishes previously, for example.) I wouldn’t want to recommend anything that won’t work for you.

    … but I see the gun has been well and truly jumped. I was going to link to my favourite shakshuka recipe… here. It’ll be a bit spicier than Soon Lee’s, though not necessarily hotter depending on your choice of chillies. For me it’s the caraway seeds that make this the best shakshuka I’ve tried.

  11. (9) Thanks for the link 🙂

    There’s a similar (less heated) discussion about the page of tank-related marmot. File770 gets a mention but unfortunately, blogs and fanzine coverage doesn’t count for Wikipedia 🙁

  12. If, as the Williamson socks suggest, N.K. Jemisin has only sold “a few hundred copies” then I must be a much more significant share of the market than I thought. To date, I have sold 574 Jemisin titles. Therefore my sales must be a statistically significant sample of the total SF book market and we can determine exact notability of any author from the sales in this one small shop.

    So that’s 574 Jemisin, 127 M.Z. Williamson, 8 Tank Marmot.

    Where shall we draw the line for Wikiworthiness?

  13. This discussion is making me want to go to the farmers market tomorrow.

    My favorite is the tomato sandwich like oor Wombat’s, though I prefer whole wheat bread. Sometimes I add pepper. Variants include using cream cheese instead of mayo, and/or adding a slice of cheese for protein. I use very fat slices of tomato, and sometimes make the sandwiches open face. This way I may be able to use an entire tomato just for me without eating so much bread I make myself sick.

    In Scandinavia I noticed that sandwiches often had slices of cucumber on them, which I liked, so adding that is another option, especially if you’re not a lettuce fan. (Many lettuces, and raw spinach, give me indigestion. No, I have no idea why. The same greens cooked are fine.)

  14. 22)
    My go-to recipe for too many tomatoes in summer is tomato basil risotto. Chop up an onion, some garlic and lots of tomatoes and through them into a pan with olive oil, rice, stock (vegetable, chicken, whatever you prefer) and white wine (leave out, if you prefer an alcohol-free version)and let the risotto cook. Season to taste with salt, pepper and thyme. When it’s done, add some shredded basil leaves and parmesan.

    Another good use for tomatoes is caprese salad (which isn’t really salad IMO). Layer sliced tomatoes and sliced mozarella chesse on a plate, top with basil leaves, drizzle with olive oil and balsamico and season with salt and pepper.

    I also like chopping fresh tomatoes and adding them to pasta along with other goodies such as olives, capres, pickled peppers, anchovies, whatever you like. Drizzle some olive oil into the pasta or add a dollop of herb butter, season with salt, pepper and chili flakes. If you can find it, add a spoonful of ajvar (spicy pepper paste from the Balkans). Toss and eat.

    Finally, Napoleon Bonaparte’s favourite dish/good luck meal, Chicken Marengo, is also a great use for fresh tomatoes, though you can also use canned ones. There are a lot of recipes floating around. I like this one, though I also add a shot of brandy. If you prefer an alcohol-free version, you can also leave it out.

  15. (22) In my opinion, the platonic ideal of the tomato dish is: slice, sprinkle with truffle salt, eat. One may, if one wishes, accompany them with avocados and fresh mozzarella similarly treated. This method is ideal with sun-warmed ultra-ripe tomatoes freshly picked from one’s own garden, but will enhance any properly ripe tomato.

  16. 12) Let’s not forget Vaughan Bodē’s collaboration with Roger Zelazny on children’s stories Way Up High and Here There Be Dragons. (To get the ē I use & #275;.)

    9) Williamson does have the ghost of a case. One of his books has 5611 owners on Goodreads and another has 415 owners on LibraryThing. It’s not epic but it’s better than nothing, and I suspect that it would not be difficult to find lower-scoring writers whose significance is beyond dispute.

  17. On a more somber note, reliable sources on facebook are reporting that well-known British filker Zanda Myrande[1] is hospitalized in what is expected to be a permanent vegetative state due to intra-cranial bleeding from a fall. Zanda may be most widely known for the fannish anthem “Sam’s Song” which I have never successfully either listened to or sung along to without crying.

    [1] Formerly writing as Zander Nyrond — trying to find the balance here between respecting present identity and clearly identifying relevance.

  18. 12) Tom Robbins is 87? I’d figured mid-seventies. I can’t decide whether hisEven Cowgirls Get The Blues or The Rocky Horror Picture Show was more influential/accurate about the delightful/decadent seventies, but between them, it was pretty much all in there. I think. I’m a little vague on some of the details.

  19. I just blogged about Comic Con and Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and am slowly coming down from my overstimulation high. Soooo much shiny stuff. The only cosplayer from (6) I encountered was Jessica Rabbit, who was splendidly three-dimensional. I also ran into a couple of nice Aquamen and a Snake Plissken (thought he was dead). And an impressive array of Deadpools including a Samurai, a boy scout and a princess.

    As far as tomatoes, either caprese them or add them to a sandwich, burger or burrito.

  20. #22 & @Soon Lee, et al.: I love Caprese! I recommend #22 try it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, though, and ditch the salt and black pepper. Basil leaves optional. 😉 [ETA: Some restaurants do a great balsamic something-or-other that’s thick and almost syrupy. A reduction? Y-u-m.]

    Try truffle oil instead of olive oil. Or avocado oil (but see below!).

    Or really, try it with your favorite dressing (use a light hand!), especially a vinaigrette of some sort; try a little on the Caprese. Variety!

    I strongly second @Heather Rose Jones’s suggestion of avocado + tomato + mozzarella (with the same variety of condiments/etc. of your choice, IMHO). Really this is the ultimate! Okay why don’t we have this in our fridge, waiting for me. ;-( I could really go for this right now.

    Oh and tomatoes are (depending on the type) great to eat just all by themselves. I love tomatoes!

    P.S. Seriously, this comment thread is making me hungry.

  21. #22–Back home, when tomatoes started to take over because everyone always plants too many, we used them up in two basic ways. Either just sliced and garnished with either salt (my dad) or sugar (mom and I) or our special favorite–as BLTs because home grown tomatoes make the best sandwiches and when you’ve got a hankering, it’s quick.

  22. If the reason you have an excess of tomatoes is because you have them in your garden, then you must try fried green tomatoes, and I am jealous of you. Sometimes I see a few in the grocery store and I snatch them up.

  23. There’s also fried tomatoes. Some people use very unripe, very green tomatoes. Firm ripe tomatoes can be used. My preference is light green, starting to blush just a bit. I mix yellow cornmeal, a bit of white flour, salt and pepper. Dip sliced tomatoes in milk, then in the dry breading mix, then fry on both sides till golden brown. I usually fry some bacon first and do the tomatoes in the bacon grease. Might put a few drops of hot sauce on them too.

  24. I think my two bets tomato recipes are “a salad” and “a soup, with garlic”. Although the soup essentially relies on a passata, so one would have to make the passata first (it MAY be doable with just peeled tomatoes, I guess).

    Tomato side salad:
    * Tomatoes
    * Cucumber
    * Mozzarella
    * (optional) onion
    * a decent olive oil
    * (optional) salt & pepper

    Slice tomatoes, cucumber, mozzarella (and if you choose to use it, onion) into somewhat thin slices. Alternate them in an attractive curve along the edge of the plate the food will be serverd on. If you want salt and/or pepper, sprinkle that over the top. Gently drizzle some olive oil over the side salad. Now plate the main course on the plate, with an attractive side salad arranged on the edge.

    Tomato and garlic soup:
    * Tomato
    * Garlic
    * Stock

    Starting fro fresh tomatoes, you need to peel them. This basically means “dip them in boiling water, for a few seconds, then into cold water, then peel the skin off” [citation needed, never done this, but I think that’s how it’s done]. Chop then somewhat fine, drop them into a pot, add about as much stock as you have tomato. Add garlic to taste (recommendation is ~1 clove per 100 ml of liquid), the garlic cloves should be peeled, but not cut up.

    Let this simmer for 4-6 hours, adding stock to top up liquid as the water is reduced out.

    Season to taste. If yo want to use basil, it shouldn’t go in until soon before serving (3-15 minutes, I guess), as you’d otherwise mostly destroy the flavour by letting the precious aromatics leave with the steam.

  25. For those who like really obscure trivia: the late David Hedison may have been best known for other things, but he was also Felix Leiter in the James Bond movies.

    In fact (here’s the obscure trivia), he was the first actor to play the role of Felix Leiter twice. Previously, a different actor had been cast every time the character appeared. He was Leiter in the 8th Bond movie, Live and Let Die (1971), and then again in the 16th entry in the series, Licence To Kill (1989).

  26. @Ingvar – yep, dipping in boiling and then cold water works. Best before doing that to gently cut a little cross in the skin at the top. Then it gives you little flaps by which you can peel the skin away. After that I usually cut away the liquid and seeds from inside, then proceed with just the flesh, chopped finely as you say.

  27. 22) You don’t really want to do too much to tomatoes when they’re good, but Edouard de Pomiane’s Tomates a la Polonaise is a good way to get the best out of the bad varieties and/or slightly unripe ones:

    Cut the tomatoes in two. Melt some butter in a frying pan. Add an onion, finely minced. Put the tomatoes face downwards in the pan. Cook on a hot fire for 5 minutes. Turn. Pierce the skin with a fork. Cook for 5 minutes. Salt, pepper. Pour three ounces of cream between the tomatoes. Heat. Let the creamy sauce come to the boil. Serve.

    And this Chinese recipe for eggs with tomatoes (via Fuscia Dunlop) is an excellent light dish, though you do really need a wok:

    ripe tomatoes 2, similar in volume to the eggs
    eggs 2
    cooking oil 4 tbsp
    caster sugar ½ tsp
    potato flour ½ tsp mixed with 2 tsp water (optional)

    Cut each tomato in half, then into sections the size of tangerine segments. Beat the eggs evenly together with a little salt.

    Heat 3 tbsp of the oil in a seasoned wok over a high flame. Add the beaten eggs and swirl them around. Use a wok scoop or a ladle to nudge the edges of the egg towards the centre, so the uncooked egg can run out. As soon as the egg has set (it may be a little golden), remove it from the wok.

    Return the wok to the high flame with the final 1 tbsp oil if you need it. Tip in the tomatoes and stir-fry until they are hot and smell cooked and delicious, adding the sugar and salt to taste. Then return the eggs to the wok and mix everything together. Add the potato flour mixture, if using, and serve.

    The potato starch at the end really makes a difference, and I recommend it.

  28. My go-to for farmer’s market tomatoes is bruschetta on farmer’s market bread. Because I have a vegan son who needs extra calories the bruschetta includes half a can of white beans, marinated for a few hours in the chopped tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and some pickled eggplant, salt, pepper and chopped black olives. (The olives are optional but you need the eggplant — some enzyme in it breaks down the skins of the beans and makes them lovely and silky.) The other half of the can is pureed with olive oil, salt, pepper and raw garlic and spread onto the toasted bread before applying the tomato mixture.

  29. Spicy tomato soup with ham and cheese

    2 cans of crushed tomatoes
    Finely hacked chili
    2 meat extract cubes in 5 dl water
    200g processed cheese
    100g diced ham
    2-3 garlic cloves
    Black pepper

    Boil tomatoes, meat broth, cheese and chili 15 min. Mix with stick blender. Pour in garlic, ham and pepper. Boil 10 min. Done.

  30. I don’t know how to make them – and I don’t care! but ymmv.

    I was introduced to stewed tomatoe for breakfast while staying at a B&B in York.

    At least it processes tomatoes – whether you eat them or not, as they’re not fit for anything but throwing after being made.

  31. (9) Hmmm, the guy’s a tool, and one I would cross the street to avoid, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve to be mentioned. I don’t really understand the Wikipedia criteria some wikipedians think significant. There never seems to be anyone policing the pages for one term state senators from Montana in 1877, which I consider infinitely less notable than C-list authors.

  32. Nickpheas:

    Let me point you to the relevant policies in a comment on Camestros blog. But I agree that they seem a bit harsh.

  33. Hampus
    Yes, I get the rules they’re using for authors (and under them MZW is certainly marginal), what I don’t really understand is why authors need such strict notability guidelines, while minor nineteenth century politicians are welcome. Compare this guy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asa_Hodges

    Is it an attempt to prevent current authors from astroturfing their pages for advertising?

  34. @Ingvar: red onion for the salad, yes?

    9) I am not surprised to see my current activities have no mention on Wikipedia, but I am amused to see the fantasy fan-insert novel (featuring Ingvar as one of its more prominent protagonists) I co-wrote with a friend still has a page up, and that’s definitely more obscure than a published author.

  35. @Heather Rose Jones: Sad news. I love “Sam’s Song” though it makes me almost as tearful as “Somebody Will” does.

  36. 22) Farmer’s market tomatoes are a better choice. They have flavor. Grocery store bought tomatoes are one of those items that can be improved by adding catsup/

  37. 22) And now a contribution Alton Brown’s Tomato Bacon Lettuce Panzanella recipe. You can use all grape tomatoes or small heirlooms substitute for the pear tomatoes .
    It is a bit of work, but it’s delicious and every time I’ve made it for groups, the bowl gets cleared out fast.

  38. @ O. Westin: Ideally, shallots. Red, if you have them. White/yellow if not. If you want more colour, you can substitute chopped spring onion or chives for the onion slices (but, at that point, they may look better added on top, just before the salt, pepper, and oil).

  39. 22) I would also like to throw in a vote for tomato sandwiches. You don’t need the B or the L, just the T is great with a little mayo, some salt, and plenty of cracked pepper. Enjoy!

  40. Our family makes tomato sandwiches on German bread, such as a light rye or the sechskorn, with a little bit of butter (Mom says when she was a kid she used bacon fat), and on top of the tomatoes some green onion or shallot, salt, and pepper. We’ve been eating them nearly every night. I love tomato season!

  41. Those just-beginning-to-turn tomatoes – I’ve heard it called the “white” stage, because they’re not really green in color – can be turned into pie. Look for recipes for “mock mincemeat”. It’s surprisingly tasty. (Granny made green-tomato pie once. Had raisins in it, but she didn’t use written recipes much. At nearly 90, she had them memorized.)

  42. Buying tomatoes? I thought you just got them from people with gardens leaving their surplus on your doorstep in the dark of night. Admittedly tomatoes are more useful than zucchini, but by late summer everyone has too many tomatoes.

    July 22 was James Hopper’s birthday. Not genre, but I’m guessing his Nighthawks would be in the Top 10 of Paintings Redone with Genre Characters.

    It was also the birthday of James Whale who directed Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man.

    And it’s Orson Bean’s birthday, who I remember from the panel of To Tell the Truth, but he was also Mr. Bevis in an episode of The Twilight Zone and voiced both Bilbo and Frodo in the Rankin/Bass Tolkien animation.

    Kiss the file goodbye and scroll me to tomorrow.

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